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Description: Bettiscombe Manor House with Attached South Front Area Wall and Gate-Piers
Date Listed: 4 December 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 104558
OS Grid Reference: ST4014100322
OS Grid Coordinates: 340141, 100322
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7994, -2.8507
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ST 40 SW BETTISCOMBE
4/1 Bettiscombe Manor House
with attached south front
area wall and gate-piers
Manor House c.1694 and early C18. Possibly C16 core to main range. Brick
walls in Flemish Bond with regular pattern of burnt headers. Ham stone
rusticated quoins. Ham stone ovolo-moulded string-course over ground floor
windows. Slate roof with stone gable-copings and moulded corbels. Brick
stacks with rusticated stone quoins and moulded stone cornices, sited at
gable-ends and on rear-wing gables. U-Plan house: main range with two
back wings. Two storeys with attics. Five window bays, three light wooden
sashes with fluted motif renewed to ground floor. Segmental window-heads.
Ham stone cills. Front door, just left of centre: six-panelled, with fluted
wooden pilaster doorcase, and massive foliated scroll brackets supporting a
Doric entablature and pediment over. East front with one late C17 casement
window. Staircase-window: round-headed with gauged brickwork, projecting
imposts and keystone. Interior: Hall with panelled screen on three elliptical
arches with dropped keys. Ceiling in twelve compartments: six compartments
on right hand with C16 moulded beams with sunk oak-leaf pattern. Low ceiling,
and above beams perhaps indicate C16 core to house. Bolection-moulded, and
recessed panelling of high quality throughout the house, some recently renewed.
Overmantels and fireplace-surrounds. One fireplace with c.1700 glazed tiles
and grate-fittings. Closets, panelled in beside chimney breasts, with original
tables, drawers and shelves. Staircase with fluted newels, with Roman Doric
capitals and faces. Ramped handrail, three fluted balusters per tread, c.1720.
Massive Blue Lias flagstones in Hall.
Attached low brick wall and Ham stone gate-piers, forming small paved area
on south front of house. Early C18. Brick walls with Ham stone copings and
wrought-iron railings over. The square piers with moulded plinths, two
recessed panels to each face, the upper with ogee and round-moulded heads.
Doric cornices with cavetto spur-finials on top.
Source: R.C.H.M. Dorset I, p. 28(2).
Listing NGR: ST4014100322
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Source: English Heritage
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